The following suggestions are for students who have completed a basic Latin course (e.g. Wheelock, Latin via Ovid, Cambridge Latin Course) and are looking for ways of using developing their skills, particularly in reading. Items most strongly recommended are highlighted in red. In addition to these resources, the Hiberna Caroli Raetici site has a very useful list of links to reading material on the Internet at both beginners and intermediate levels, while Driving with Dido: How I came to read Latin extensively gives well-known Latin teacher Justin Bailey's account of his own history with the language and suggestions on how best to approach texts.
A. Reading original Classical Latin - 1. Intermediate Latin anthologies (meant to facilitate the transition from textbook to `real’ Latin Oxford Latin Reader (including extracts from Cicero (focusing on biographical detail rather than philosophy), Julius Caesar, Livy (parts of the story of Hannibal), Catullus (a lyric poet), Virgil (the story of Dido and Aeneas), and Ovid (autobiographical material). You can see sample pages on Amazon.com Cambridge Latin AnthologyA selection of short extracts (some adapted) from a very wide range of authors. Some passages can already be read (with glosses translating individual words) on the support site https://www.cla.cambridgescp.com The `Legamus’ series: these books present a series of short extracts from a particular author (there are volumes for Vergil, Catullus, Cicero and Ovid) with very extensive grammatical and vocabulary help). See Amazon.com (Vergil: a Legamus Transitional Reader for sample pages) Later sections of Latin via Ovid, a comprehensive introductory course with vocabulary and contents taken from Ovid’s poetry Wheelock’s Latin Reader(search inside on Amazon.com) Includes probably more of Cicero’s forensic oratory and philosophizing than you want but also extracts rom Livy (early Rome and Hannibal), Ovid, Pliny and the Vulgate and medieval Latin
2. Concentration on one particular Classical author (all texts are available on the Internet). Options include:
i.) Prose Caesar (straightforward – and the traditional choice for beginners for many years in UK schools) - Memoirs of his conquest of Gaul (France) and of the civil war that ended the Roman Republic. A suitable start would be the account of his invasions of Britain in 55 and 54 B.C (which is also included in the Oxford Reader). For text of the selections prescribed for the American AP exam, together with interlinar tranlation and recordings, see the CAESAR page on this site. Livy (slightly more difficult than Caesar but manageable) – a general history of Rome, most of which has been lost. Surviving books include an account of the earliest years of the city and also of the 2nd Punic War against Carthage in the 3rd. century B.C. in which Rome came close to destruction but emerged master of the Mediterranean world. Some sections are also included in the Oxford and Wheelock Readers Eutropius’s Breviarium Historiae Romanae, a condensed history of Rome from its foundation down to the 4th cent. A.D. The author is not regarded as a great stylist but writes mainly in very straightforward Latin
ii.) Poetry (more difficult because of figurative language and more departures from normal word order) Virgil’s Aeneid – Rome’s national epic, telling the story of a Trojan prince who flees his city when it is captured by the Greeks. Book II, which includes Aeneas’s account of his escape from Troy, is a good place to start. Ovid’s Metamporphoses – a collection of mythological stories involving transformations, many of which became motifs in later European art
B. Reading simplified versions of classical stories (less `authentic’ but allows a faster reading speed) Ritchie’s Fabulae Faciles (Greek myths told in simple Latin). See https://geoffreysteadman.com/ritchies-fabulae-faciles/ for complete download. The stories (Perseus, Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses) with interlinear translation added can also be downloaded from the Latin & Greek page on LINGUAE (search on the page for `Ritchie'). There are also recorded readings of Jason and Ulysses on the same page. Lhomond’s Viri Illustres(Famous Men), a history of Rome from Romulus and Remus down to Augustus in the form of biographical sketches. Available on-line at http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/lhomond.viris.html (but with a number of misprints in the text). Rather more difficult than Ritchie but gets you quite fast through the major events in the history of the republic. Written by an 18th cent. French priest. Similar in some ways to Eutropius but with more detail on some of the `Great Men’. Ad Alpes, written in the early 20th century by Professor H.C. Nutting, narrates the voyage of a Roman family from Ephesus in Asia Minor to Italy, during which they tell each other stories from mythology and history, with their Jewish nanny adding ones from the Old Testament. Preview of the first chapter and further details at https://www.latinitium.com/books/adalpes I am currently producing an interlinear translation of the initial chapters.
C. Reading Medieval and/or neoLatin texts The Vulgate (St. Jerome’s Latin translation of the Bible made around 400 A.D.), available in many on- line versions. Grammatically simpler than most Classical Latin and many learners can draw on previous knowledge of the Bible. some of the early chapters of Genesis are available with interlinear translation and commentary at https://linguae.weebly.com/biblia-sacra.html Asser’s Life of King Alfred, a Latin biography of the 9th century king who led English resistance against the Viking invasions; written by a Welsh bishop in the king’s service. Modern Latin Media: Nuntii Latini and Ephemeris. I can normally sight-read the former and also understand around 70-80% when listening without seeing the text, something I certainly can’t do with classical Latin) but normally follows Classical grammatical rules. Ephemeris is not quite so well written (and, when they include an audio file) pronunciation is not so reliable. Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis Translation by a retired Eton Classics master so the grammar and vocabulary (neologisms excepted) are authentic Alicia in Terra Mirabili This has just been re-issued with macrons added. See http://www.amazon.com/Alicia-Terra-Mirabili-Latin-Carroll/dp/1904808697 Ciceronis Filius: written by Italian classicist Henrico Paoli, this presents a wealth of information about everyday life in ancient Rome with a partly fictionalised account of the life of the younger Marcus Tullius Cicero, the son of the famous orator. A pdf of the complete text can be downloaded from the Cicrculus Latinus Honcongensis page on this site, as can the text of sections 1-72 with extensive vocabulary notes and commentary added. Nutting's First Latin Reader: written by the author of Ad Alpes, this presents stories from American history, commencing with Colombus, in addition to adapted extracts from Caesar in the second half. The text can be downloaded free from Google or Internet Archive.
D. Listening and Speaking CD to Orberg’sLingua Latina Per Se Illustrata (starts from the beginning but good practice if you’ve previously very rarely listened to the language). Recordings of some of the chapters, with text displayed simultaneously, have also been made by Arizona-based Latin teacher Luke Ranieri also available free of charge on YouTube, with links availabe on his ScorpioMartianus website. Nuntii broadcasts Their website includes recordings from December 2010 onwards, and I have myself archived them from September 2006. Spoken Essays from Vox Latina (http://www.voxlatina.uni-saarland.de/ , which are delivered quite slowly and clearly. The speakers are German academics. Evan Millner’s http://latinum.mypodcast.com/ He claims that this series (aimed at allowing acquisition without formal grammatical instruction) is the largest readily available collection of classically pronounced Latin on the Internet. . Forum Romanuman American DVD presenting programmes on themes from Roman history in news magazine format. Transcript of the programmes is provided. Light-hearted but educationally worthwhile. Conversational Latin, a series of dialogues on ancient and modern subjects written by an American professor, John Traupman probably the best single resource for those trying to reintroduce use of the language for real communication The `Locutorium’ (Latin Chatroom) set up as a Skype group by Evan Millner. Used normally for texting rather than speaking but provides stress-free conversation practice. To join, go to https://join.skype.com/i8T6Wgfi2cej Latin Listening Project: a series of videos produced by Justin Bailey and his colleagues at http://indwellinglanguage.com/latin-media/latin-listening-project/ They are clearly spoken and can be viewed with or without subtitles. Latin Video Series: Lance Piantaggini presents stories very simply an slowly, building them up from a series of simple questions, with key phrases presented visually. Ideal for beginners. Latinitium: This site, run by Daniel Pettersson and Amelie Rosengren, provides a wide range of audiovisual resources, including discussions in Latin of particular idioms, and recodings of passages from classical literature and from Fabula Faciles. The Latin texts themselves are normally displayed on-screen. quomododicitur.com provides weekly podcasts of conversations between Justin Bailey and two other Latin teachers. They speak quite slowly but are difficult for beginners and no transcript is provided. https://quomododicitur.com/ ScorpioMartianus: This site ( http://www.scorpiomartianus.com/index.php) includes, in addition to the Orberg recordings mentioned above, other audiovisiual resources, in particular a number of news bulletins. Circulus Latinus Honcongensis: provides extensive Latin dialogues with parallel translation and recordings for some of the sections: https://linguae.weebly.com/circulus-latinus-honcongensis.html